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Ever-changing view

ESA Top News - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 08:30

Highlighting Rosetta’s ever-changing view of the comet, a year since the mission concluded

Orion above Easter Island

APOD - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 15:00

Why were the statues on Why were the statues on


Bright Spiral Galaxy M81

APOD - Sat, 23/09/2017 - 13:00

One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size


Week in Images

ESA Top News - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 14:05

Our week through the lens:
18-22 September 2017

Cassini's Final Image

APOD - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 11:00

As planned, the Cassini spacecraft impacted the As planned, the Cassini spacecraft impacted the


Northwest England

ESA Top News - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 image over part of northwest England, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Vitamin super-cocktail to combat 60 days of lying in bed

ESA Top News - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 16:41

This week will see the second ESA bedrest study investigating a mix of antioxidants and vitamins that could help astronauts to combat the side effects of living in space.

Ten volunteers will lie in beds with the head end tilted down 6º for 60 days, keeping at least one shoulder on their bed at all times. Intense bedrest such as this is no fun: muscles and bones waste away, and the tilted beds makes blood and fluids move to the head – similar to the changes astronauts endure in space.

As all animals on Earth, humans have evolved to live in gravity so finding ways to stay healthy in weightlessness is important for further exploration of our Solar System. To test new exercise regimes, diets and understand what happens to astronauts, ESA conducts regular bedrest studies that simulate the effects of weightlessness on the human body.

Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 13:20

Join us Friday, 22 September, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme

Thar be rovers

ESA Top News - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 11:35

Operations image of the week: The webcam on Mars Express spots the craters where rovers have roved

100 Steps Forward

APOD - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 09:00

A beautiful conjunction of Venus and Moon, human, sand, and A beautiful conjunction of Venus and Moon, human, sand, and


Giant berg on the move

ESA Top News - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 08:05

Until a few days ago, the huge chunk of ice that broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf in July has remained close, buffeting back and forth against the shelf. A68 is now on the move and drifting out to sea

First steps: returning humanity to the Moon

ESA Top News - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 15:45

In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage.  

Flat land

ESA Top News - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 12:40

Technology image of the week: Proba-V captures the world’s largest salt plain, so flat that it is used to check satellite instruments

Geological investigation

ESA Top News - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 10:00

Human spaceflight and robotic exploration image of the week: Searching for clues in planetary geology

Flare Well AR2673

APOD - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 07:00

Almost out of view from Almost out of view from


NGC 6334: The Cats Paw Nebula

APOD - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 18:00

Nebulas are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar shapes as perhaps Nebulas are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar shapes as perhaps


Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 13:00

Pepijn Veefkind from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss Sentinel-5P’s Tropomi instrument

Solar antics

ESA Top News - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:51

The Sun’s recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power.

A Total Solar Eclipse Close Up in Real Time

APOD - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 16:00

How would you feel if the Sun disappeared? How would you feel if the Sun disappeared?


500 new European companies from space

ESA Top News - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 15:46

Thousands of new jobs and boosted local economies are the direct results from ESA’s investment in young companies through its business incubators, which have now fostered more than 500 start-ups that adapt space technology and satellite services for use on Earth.

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